Shoigu Announces New Heavy Strike Drone by 2022

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday that development on the newest Okhotnik heavy strike drone should be finished by 2022, with the possibility of signing a large-scale contract for the drone’s delivery to Russian forces, TASS reports.

The Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant’s Okhotnik heavy strike drone is a significant effort in this sector. Life-cycle contracts, which span the time between the drone’s construction and disposal, are becoming more essential in this job, according to the defense minister.

Notably, the company hasĀ achieved a level of 82 percent for life-cycle contracts with the UAC [United Aircraft Corporation], which has never happened before and is highly vital for the armed services. Shoigu stated that “they need to continue forward in this direction.”

The Russian Defense Ministry has been designing, introducing, perfecting, and testing smart gear that leverages the newest advances in artificial intelligence for several years, according to the defense commander.